By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 9, 2012
$199 for a lightbulb? Are you crazy?
Well, first of all, there are three lightbulbs included with the package, not just one.
Secondly, these aren’t your parent’s lightbulbs.
Lastly, yes, I’m a little crazy when it comes to tech.
Indeed, the Hue personal wireless lighting starter kit from Philips is expensive; we’ve established that both here and here already. But disregard the price for a minute, and check out our full video review inside to see exactly how these bulbs work… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2012
How about a lightbulb that lets you personalize lighting settings and timers while you’re out, just by using an app for your iPhone or iPad? That’s what Philips set out to achieve with the Hue, “the world’s smartest LED bulb”, that it says consumes eighty percent less power than traditional bulbs. What’s more, the Hue uses the open ZigBee Light Link standard, allowing it to be integrated with other ZigBee certified systems.
The free app for iOS and Android devices invites you to change settings, pick any color for any of your bulbs or group them together to create moody presets. You can also program your bulb to turn on and off at different times of day and more.
Conveniently, the Hue is set to hit Apple stores on an exclusive basis starting tomorrow, October 30. That Philips is in a rush to release this product with a little help from one of the world’s most powerful brands actually speaks volume about the popular Lifx project which has already raised $1.3+ million on Kickstarter.
At any rate, the Hue doesn’t come cheap, which is a real downer. Read on for additional details and a nice promo clip… Read More